Monday, January 31, 2011

Did I do it? Week 5

I'm sure everyone is just sitting on the edge of their seats wondering if I moved on to week 5, and if I did, was I able to run for 20 minutes straight?  Let's start with the first part of the question.  I did move on to week 5.  This week, each day was a different program. Of course, each day starts with a 5 minute warm up and ends with a 5 minute cool down.  Here's week 5:

Day 1: Jog 5 minutes ~ Walk 3 minutes ~ Jog 5 minutes ~ Walk 3 minutes ~ Jog 5 Minutes
Day 2: Jog 8 minutes ~ Walk 5 minutes ~ Jog 8 minutes
Day 3: Jog 20 minutes

Day 1 I did pretty good.  I was pretty tired by the end of it, but I survived.  Day 2 I did on my home treadmill instead of at work.  Oddly enough, it seemed as if I was moving a lot faster at home at 4.3 miles an hour that I move at work, so I slowed down to 4.0 when jogging.  It survived this one while watching Oprah (you have any idea how hard it is to tear up and cry at 4.0 MPH?)  The first 8 minute run was going well, but the second one it felt like my legs just didn't want to get going again after walking.  I almost thought it would have been easier on my legs to just keep running the whole time.

So...did I survive Day 3?  Mostly.  At about 13 minutes, I stopped the treadmill and took a breather for about 30 seconds to one minute.  Then I continued on and finished the 20 minutes. 

The new question is - do I continue on to week 6, or do I re-do week 5 since I didn't run straight through?  I don't know what week 6 holds other than a 25 minute jog on day 3.  If I couldn't do 20 minutes, what makes me think I can do 25?  After chatting with a runner at work who has been very encouraging for me, she told me I should move on to week 6.  She told me that only having to stop for a minute during the whole 20 minutes was awesome.  She's like my own personal cheerleader :)

Tomorrow I will start week 6.  Already dreading the 25 minute jog.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today was War

Today was a war between my determination and bull headedness and my pure hate for running and exercise in general.  Today there was a fine line between 'I need to stop for a break' and 'I want to stop for a break.' I had to decide how far I wanted to push that line.  Just when I was starting to think running wasn't so bad, I stared week 4 of the Couch to 5K training.  It has been the hardest since I started - by far.

Today was day 3, my last day of week 4. Usually day three gives me the confidence to move on the the next week. This day 3 did not leave me very confident.

But my bull headedness won (shouldn't be a surprise to those that know me), and I completed day 3 without slowing down or stopping.  I covered 1.92 miles in 32 minutes.  I have cut my 1 mile time down about 2 minutes from when I started.

So...I'm moving on to week 5.  By day 3 of week 5, I'm supposed to be able to run for 20 minutes straight.  At this point, I'm kinda doubting that I will be able to do this.  If I really feel like I can't do it, I'm going to back up and week and do week 4 over again. 

Stay tuned to see how next week promises to be a challenging one!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week 4

Holy Shit!  Oh, I'm sorry, I meant, HOLY SHIT!!!  Sorry for the potty mouth, but I can't think of other words to explain the pain and suffering caused by day one of Week 4 of the Couch to 5K program.

This week's workout is: Walk 5 min - Jog 3 min - Walk 90 sec - Jog 5 min - Walk 2.5 min - Jog 3 min - Walk 90 sec - Jog 5 min - Walk 5 min

My legs actually felt pretty good during the workout, but about half way through I felt like I could barf at any minute.  The fact that I ate lunch about an hour and and half before I went to the gym probably didn't help.  I was temped a few times to slow down my speeds, but I didn't.  I kept them at my usual pace. I was not sore at all today either, which is pretty cool!

I'm a little bit scared, but curious to see what tomorrow will be like. The second day is often the hardest day of the week for me.  I will not be eating lunch first, that's for sure!

I'm pondering signing up for my first 5k on Memorial Day weekend.  I was told it is pretty easy and a good one to start with.  We'll see, I haven't looked into it yet.

Oh, and some other good news...the scale has finally moved down, by one whole pound.  Not a lot, but I'll take any downward movement I can get.  Hoping now that I finally got the darn thing to move in the right direction, it will continue that way.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week 3 Complete

Week 3 is done.  For the last day of the week, I decided to do my 90 second runs .2 MPH faster than I usually do.  Then I also did that for my final 3 minute run.  I finished and was feeling pretty good! I am a little bit sore today, but nothing like I have felt in the past.

On to Week 4 on Tuesday.  Haven't looked to see what the week is going to bring yet.

I'm also starting the Live Healthy America 100 day challenge this week, on the 20th.  We have two teams competing against each other in the department.  This could be interesting!

Friday, January 14, 2011


I only had weeks 1-3 podcasts on my iPod, so I finally went back to download the rest of the podcasts for the Couch to 5K program (I use Ullreys podcast.) As I've said before, I don't look ahead to see what it waiting for me in the coming weeks.  It just causes unnecessary--so far anyway--panic.  But as I was downloading them, it hit me...I'm almost half way through this program!  It is a 9 week week I will begin week 4!

I've tried to start this program a number of times, but never did more than 2 days of week 1 at once.

Wow, that's exciting! :-)

Week 3!!

Week 3: Walk 5 mins (warm up) - Run 90 secs - Walk 90 secs - Run 3 mins - Walk mins - Repeat - Walk 5 mins (cool down)

Oh my lord...I actually did it.  I did day one of week three, without stopping...pretty much.  I did take a time out to re-tie my shoes because my shins and feet were burning, but other than that...I did it!  And really, the biggest issue was my legs and feet. I thought I might really struggle to make it through this one, but I was breathing ok when I was done with the second run.  I was sore the rest of the day on Monday, but I was not sore on Tuesday morning...or afternoon!

I was supposed to go to the gym yesterday, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I hadn't given myself a two day "weekend" between week 2 and 3, so I decided yesterday was it.  So with 2 days off, I was back at the gym for day 2 today.  I didn't have to stop at all today and my legs and feet felt much better. 

I'm a truly amazed at my progress over the last 2 1/2 weeks.  I never thought I would actually be able to run for 3 minutes straight...or if I did I thought I would be miserable and liable to barf at the end of it.  None of which has happened.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Week 2 ~ Day 2 and 3

Couch to 5K day 2 and 3 are now in the books.  Today my Ipod was dead, so no podcast.  I could have used that as an excuse to not hit the treadmill today and just go home, but I didn't.  I pretty much knew what I was supposed to do, so I did it the old way...with the timer.  I thought I was on my final run, so as always, I bumped the speed up .2 MPH (may not seem like a lot...but it is!).  Then I figured out I had one more run left.  Proud to say that I survived the higher speed for 2 of my runs, and was not breathing too hard afterwards.

Dare I say I might actually survive week three?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Couch 2 5K ~ Week 2

Started week two of the Couch 2 5k program this week.  This week I will be running for 90 seconds and walking for two minutes.  Day one was yesterday, and I felt pretty good when I was done.  And I wasn't sore when I got up this morning, so that made it even better! Yay me :)

BUT, as I was cleaning off the treadmill and walking to the locker room, the next week's podcast started playing.  I purposely have not been looking forward to see what lies ahead, and now I know why.  Week 3 has 3 minutes of running followed by 3 minutes of walking!!  Are they insane???  Going up by 30 second increments was working wonderfully for me.  What makes them think that I'm going to magically be able to jump up by 90 seconds, just because this week I can run for 90 seconds?  I may stay on week 2 for 4 weeks or so....

I haven't dropped any weight yet, but I'm not too surprised by that.  It's still early and I'm not being too careful on what I eat yet.  I'm working on this - bringing my own lunch to work has helped a lot.  Not to mention the $$ I'm saving!

To help in my quest, I am joining a group at work in participating in the Live Healthy Iowa 100 day challenge.  We meet tomorrow to form the teams...a little friendly competition, kinda like The Biggest Loser on NBC.  Don't know much more about it yet, but I'm excited.  And the challenge ends 8 days after my birthday, so it works perfectly into my plan to be in better shape by my birthday!!